Thursday, July 12, 2012

CMPD Detectives Arrest Two Armed Robbery Suspects

Robbery Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have arrested Laquentin Winchester and Curry Evans for an armed robbery they committed in the North Tryon Division.

On Tuesday, July 5, 2012, at approximately 3:30 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery call for service at 6404 the Plaza. When officers arrived the victim stated he had just purchased a money order at a nearby check cashing establishment and was walking home.

The victim stated that the suspects pulled up to him in a grey car, got out of the vehicle, and grabbed him before demanding money at gunpoint. The suspects went through the victims pockets and removed his property without his consent before one of the suspects produced a bat and struck the victim in the head. The suspects got back into the vehicle and immediately left the scene in the direction of W.T. Harris Blvd.

A nearby witness got the tag number of the vehicle and forwarded the information to officers on the scene. Officers worked with robbery detectives and through the course of the investigation the suspects were indentified. Both suspects were arrested on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Laquentin Winchester has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Curry Evans was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

These arrests illustrate how critical it is for the community and police to work together. Had it not been for this engaged witness who got the vehicle’s tag number these two dangerous suspects would likely still be in our community free to victimize other members of our community.